18 May 2016Smithsonian Journeys
I am honoured to have been appointed as a speaker on 'Smithsonian Journeys' at sea. This is a prestigious tie-in between the Smithsonian Institute, based in Washington DC, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and means I am booked to be 'Smithsonian speaker' on a number of forthcoming cruises, which are detailed in full on my Cruise Bookings page.
The Smithsonian Institute also arranges its own detailed programme of overland 'Smithsonian Journey' study tours, and I am thrilled to have been booked to lead two of these tours, which I cannot recommend highly enough, visiting Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands in September and October 2017. Click on the 'Smithsonian Journeys' tab on the left to discover more about these amazing trips.
08 April 2016Further 2017 bookings
I am pleased to confirm three bookings for Voyages of Discovery on board Voyager in 2017. As well as SOUTH AFRICA TO ATLANTIC ISLES (1st - 22nd April), we have been booked for COLOURS OF MADEIRA AND THE AZORES (25th June - 10th July) and QUINTESSENTIAL CANARIES (17th - 29th November). The cruises have just been advertised, and links to them are available on my Cruise Bookings page now.
02 March 2016"Mountain Flowers" book
After three years of hard work researching, writing and sourcing photographs, Michael's book on Mountain Flowers (no.4 in the British Wildlife Collection; British Wildlife Publishing; ISBN 9781472929822) is complete and about to go off to the printers. It will be launched at the Bird Fair at Rutland Water (neither mountainous nor especially flowery!) on the weekend of 19th - 21st August 2016. If any friends and colleagues would like to join us there, we would be delighted to see you!
20 August 2015Alaska at last!
After several attempts, we are delighted to have finally been booked for our first cruise in Alaska. MAJESTIC BEAUTY on board the rather luxurious Oceania cruise ship, Regatta, sails from Seattle on Friday 15th July, up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, Wrangell and Juneau in Alaska, then past the Hubbard Glacier, to Haines and Sitka in Alaska. We then return via the Outside Passage to Victoria in Canada and back to Seattle on Monday 25th July. Visit my CRUISE BOOKINGS page for more on that cruise.
30 July 2015Joining the 'Minerva' Team
We are thrilled to have been invited to join the highly regarded team of guest speakers onboard Swan Hellenic's delightful ship Minerva in June/July 2016. It will mean a return trip to the White Sea for Michael (and another opportunity to watch those elusive white whales called Belugas). Hidden White Sea and Norse Discovery leaves from Kirkenes in Norway on Tuesday 23rd June 2016, we sail round to the White Sea for visits to Arkhangelsk and the fascinating Solovestsky Islands, then back to Murmansk in Russia, Leknes on the Lofoten Islands, Trondheim, Ålesund and our first visits to both Florø and Haugesund in Norway, before returning to Portsmouth on Sunday 10th July.